51st GRAMMY Awards Announced
Telecast to take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2009
The 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards will air live on CBS from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2009, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), it was announced today by Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow and CBS Executive Vice President of Specials, Music and Live Events Jack Sussman.
Kicking off GRAMMY season will be the announcement of nominations, which showcases who The Recording Academy's membership of music professionals believe are the best of the best during the eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2007 – Sept. 30, 2008). Nominations will be announced in Los Angeles on Dec. 4, 2008.
"The next 50 is here, and we are delighted to be in our hometown," said Portnow. "We will continue to offer a weeklong series of GRAMMY events that showcase various genres of music, educational programs and charitable activities. Additionally, we look forward to working with the city of Los Angeles and our great partners at CBS and Staples Center on another memorable GRAMMY show."
"The GRAMMY Awards are unique for their once-in-a-lifetime musical surprises," said Sussman. "What better place to host Music's Biggest Night than the Staples Center right in the heart of the great city of Los Angeles. We are looking forward to launching GRAMMY's next 50 years right here on CBS in our own backyard."
GRAMMY Week — a weeklong series of cultural events culminating in Music's Biggest Night — will again feature celebrations of music, fashion, education and philanthropy, including the Salute To… series, GRAMMY Style Studio, GRAMMY Career Day, the Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon, and the annual MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute, among others.
The GRAMMY Awards was the first awards show to air in high-definition TV/5.1 surround sound, and will continue utilizing the latest technology to provide a more immersive viewing and listening experience for the show's global audience.